Spurious "Automatic Updates" message via Terminal Services?

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2010-04-13
Dear Experts,

When I'm using Terminal Services to access a Windows 2000 box, I keep getting a "Automatic you want to restart now..." message every time I return to that screen.  I'm pretty sure the message is wrong.  Is there any way to make it stop appearing?

Question by:BrianMc1958
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    Accepted Solution

    You will keep getting that message until somebody says yes and reboots the system. (Assuming nobody has done that yet) this is normal. It happens when the system is configured to not apply/reboot automatically (which is often the case on servers). If you literally get it -all- the time (for months and months) it means the system is not being maintained: somebody configured it and then forgot about.
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    Assisted Solution

    Yes. Disable the automatic updates altogether. But that defeats the purpose.

    The message you are getting is basically saying "There are new updates installed, but I need to reboot. Can I?". This is because the system isn't going to simply install the updates and then reboot until someone says it can.

    You also have another option to install the updates at a particular time of the day. You could set up a scheduled task to automatically reboot the system every morning at a particular time... and if you want to get fancy, you might be able to have the scheduled task fire off a script that looks to see if a reboot is even necessary and only reboot if it is.

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